Labour Councillors are calling on the Council and the Government to get behind the Build Back Better campaign and ensure any recovery plan from the Coronavirus pandemic is based on progressive principles.

Protecting and investing in public services, rebuilding society with a transformative Green New Deal, investing in people over big corporations, securing the health and needs of everyone and ensuring no-one gets left behind, are the aims at the heart of Build Back Better.

Labour’s leader, Councillor Nancy Platts, has written to the Leader of the Council ahead of Wednesday’s Recovery Committee meeting, urging him to endorse the Build Back Better campaign and commit to ensuring Brighton & Hove’s economic recovery plans are aligned with the aims of Build Back Better.

Labour are pushing for council officers to set up an online hub where people across the city can feed in their ideas around how we can recover and Build Back Better as a city, post-pandemic.

Councillor Platts has also asked the council leader, Councillor Mac Cafferty, to join her in writing to the Government to demand support for a national Build Back Better plan through comprehensive national policy reform.

Labour Group Leader, Councillor Nancy Platts says:

“I’m pleased to have pushed for the Council to set up a Recovery Committee that is tasked with progressing the city’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. At tomorrow’s meeting, I am calling for the Council to lead on efforts to ‘Build Back Better’.

“This decade will be defined by the choices made in response to the economic and social fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I want to hear residents’ views on how we build a sustainable recovery for Brighton & Hove. We need a city-wide debate that benefits from the contribution of ideas and initiatives from residents.

“Our society and our city need a coronavirus recovery plan that doesn’t just attempt to return us to ‘normality’, but a recovery plan that actually builds back better.

“A plan that protects public services, tackles inequality, provides secure well-paid jobs, improves quality of life and creates a more resilient economy which can combat the climate emergency.”

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